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New Guidelines for Unlock 2 Issued by Ministry of Home Affairs; These Things will NOT be Allowed

Tooba Maher
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Guidelines for Unlock 2: Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued new guidelines for Unlock 2 to open up of more activities in areas which are outside the Containment Zones. The new guidelines will come into effect from July 1, 2020. The process of phased re-opening of activities has been extended more. The new guidelines are based on feedback received from States and UTs, and extensive consultations held with related Central Ministries & Departments.

As stipulated in the Unlock 1 Order and guidelines issued on 30.05.2020, some activities, i.e., religious places & places of worship for public; hotels, restaurants and other hospitality services; and shopping malls; have already been allowed from June 8, 2020 outside the Containment Zones. Also, the detailed standard operating procedures (SOPs) have also been issued.

Read Salient features of the new guidelines for Unlock 2

  1. Domestic flights and passenger trains have already been permitted in a limited manner. Their operations will be more expanded in a calibrated manner.

  2. Night curfew timings are being more relaxed and curfew will be in force from 10.00 pm to 5.00 am. More, relaxations in night curfew have been provided for seamless operation of industrial units in multiple shifts, movement of persons & goods on National and State Highways, loading and unloading of cargo and movement of persons to their destinations after disembarking from buses, trains and airplanes.

  3. Shops depending upon their area can have over 5 persons at a time. But, they have to maintain adequate physical distance.

4. Training institutions of the Central & State Governments will be permitted to function with effect from July 15, 2020. SOP in the same regard will be issued by the Department of Personnel and Training, under Government of India.

5. After extensive consultation with States and UTs, it has been decided that schools, colleges and coaching institutions shall remain closed till July 31, 2020.

6. International air travel of passengers has been allowed in a limited manner under the Vande Bharat mission. More opening up will take place in a calibrated manner.

All activities, except the following, shall be allowed outside containment zones:

  • Metro Rail.

  • Cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places.

  • Activities like social/political/ sports/ entertainment/ academic/ cultural/ religious functions and other large congregations.

It is to be noted that dates for opening of these will be decided separately, depending on the assessment of the situation.

Lockdown will continue to be implemented strictly in the Containment Zones till 31 July, 2020.

Containment Zones are neede to be carefully demarcated by the State/ UT Governments with a view to contain the covid-19 spread, after taking into consideration the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MOHFW). Within the containment zones, strict perimeter control will be maintained and only essential activities allowed.

These Containment Zones will be notified on the websites of the respective District Collectors and by the States/UTs and information will also be shared with MOHFW.

Activities in the Containment Zones shall be monitored strictly by the State/UT authorities, and the guidelines relating to containment measure in these zones shall be strictly implemented.

MOHFW will monitor the proper delineation of Containment Zones and implementation of the containment measures.

States to decide on activities outside Containment Zones

States and UTs, based on their assessment of the situation, may prohibit certain activities outside the Containment zones, or impose such restrictions as deemed necessary.

However, there shall be no restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods. No separate permission/ approval/ e-permit will be required for such movements.
Night curfew

Night Curfew will continue to remain in force, between 10.00 pm and 5 am, except for essential activities & other relaxation given in Unlock 2.

National Directives for COVID-19 management will continue to be followed throughout the country, with a view to ensure social distancing. Shops will need to maintain adequate physical distancing among customers. MHA will monitor the effective implementation of National Directives.

Vulnerable persons (above 65 years of age), persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years, are advised to stay at home, except for meeting essential requirements and for health purposes.

Use of Aarogya Setu mobile application will continue to be encouraged.

Click here to see MHA guidelines

Source: PIB

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